The locals call it "stick season" - that transitional time between fall foliage and the start of ski season. The Vermont landscape takes on a gray-ish hue as the trees reveal their bare trunks and branches - mirroring the more-often-than-not gray skies that deliver long-anticipated snow showers. We saw the first of those snows appear like frosting on a cake when we woke Sunday morning. It was a beautiful sight, albeit a brief one. October's sun still has the energy to melt four inches of snowfall in a relatively short timeframe.
But, as skiers, snowboarders and wintersports enthusiasts, our hearts start pumping in anticipation of the winter ahead when we see those first falling flakes. Our nighttime dreams turn to perfectly arched turns as our waking hours are spent searching gear reviews, long-term weather forecasts and making plans for ski weekends and vacations with friends and family.
At Okemo, we're watching the thermometer a little more closely these days and checking the weather forecasts too. We're meeting regularly to discuss our readiness and strategies for making snow. We have our sights set on early November to start running the lifts. And, after opening the last two years with top-to-bottom terrain, you can bet the pressure is on to keep that trend going. Operationally, everything is in place on the mountain and we're just waiting for Old Man Winter to make his return.
In the meantime, get those boards tuned, put your snow tires on, treat yourself to a new piece of gear or clothing, up the reps on those squats and lunges ... and pull out all the stops on those pre-season superstitions and rituals. Dance your best snow dance, sleep with a spoon under your pillow, wear your pajamas inside-out. Do whatever it takes!
We'll see you on the slopes!
Mark your calendar!
Nov. 18-20: OMS Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap. Here’s a great opportunity to purchase new and pre-owned ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories at great prices! All proceeds benefit Okemo Mountain School. Sellers keep 75 percent of the selling price and OMS receives 25 percent. Drop off gear to sell Nov. 12, 13 and 16; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Okemo’s Sitting Bull. Sale opens in the Clock Tower base lodge Nov. 18, 4 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (802) 228-1513 for more information.
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Dinner at Okemo’s Coleman Brook Tavern. A Thanksgiving buffet with locally raised, farm-fresh turkey and all the traditional side dishes prepared by Executive Chef Scot Emerson and his culinary team. Served from 3 to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (802) 228-1435.
Nov. 26: Okemo’s Trot It Off 5k. This 5k running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker hoping to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving dessert. Registration is $25 per person and proceeds go to support the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund and Black River Good Neighbor Services. All participants will receive an event T-shirt. The Tots Trot, a kids’ fun race for children 12 and younger, will take place just before the 5k. Register online at okemo.com.
Dec. 4: Okemo Cares & Shares Food Drive. When skiers and snowboarders donate at least five non-perishable food items, a new child’s toy or new clothing item, they receive a coupon for a $39 lift ticket good the same day.
Stock up on 3 & Easy lift access packs. Okemo’s 3 & Easy is a multi-pack that includes three days of lift access, valid any day of the season, with no restrictions. Lift access can be redeemed one day at a time or all on the same day. And 3 & Easy is completely transferrable, so lift access can be shared with family and friends. Available for a very limited time. Purchase 3 & Easy lift access packs before November 1, 2016.
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